UAE ranks fourth in this year’s global destination cities index

Published on : Thursday, June 4, 2015

UAEThe United Arab Emirates (UAE), ranked fourth, up from the fifth last year, in this year’s global destination cities index, by credit card provider Mastercard, Dubai daily Emirates 24/7 reported.


According to the Mastercard report, Dubai is poised to welcome 14.46 million international visitors, one notch before Istanbul and one rank behind Paris.


By 2020, when the United Arab Emirates hosts world Expo 2020, Dubai aims to welcome over 20 million visitors, double the number in 2012.


The official Dubai tourism body, DTCM, said that Chinese tourists shall be a major source market, to reach the 20 million mark by 2020.


According to DTCM, the number of Chinese tourists grew by 25 percent year on year in 2014, attracting 344,000 people.


Dubai’s top source markets are Saudi Arabia, India, Britain, Russia and Germany.

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